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Dadri lynching case: Police register cases against Mahesh Sharma, Sangeet Som, Naseemuddin Siddiqui

Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday registered cases against Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, BJP leader Sangeet Som and and BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui for their inflammatory remarks over the recent lynching case in Dadri’s Bishada village where a Muslim was bludgeoned to death over rumours of eating beef.

Sanjay Singh, Dadri SP, said, “Case registered under section 153 A against Hindu Rakshak Dal for inflammatory speech.”

On Thursday, Mahesh Sharma had described the lynching of 50-year-old Mohammad Iqlakh as an “accident” and said that no “communal colour” should be given to it, even as the family of the victim is planning to move out of the village fearing that it may happen again.

Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and BJP MP from Noida, had said: “This (incident) should be considered as an accident without giving any communal colour to it.”

Furthermore, controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som on Sunday visited Dadri and had attacked the state government, alleging it was appeasing the minority community and innocent people were being framed for lynching of a man over beef eating rumour.

Som, who was accused of making inflammatory speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar communal riots, alleged that state government was acting in a biased manner like it did during violence in western Uttar Pradesh two years ago and was shielding those who had “slaughtered cow”.

“Like they had taken the accused in Muzaffarnagar riots in a plane, they have taken those who have slaughtered cow in a plane. Even when a person is killed, they have different set of rules. Sanjay Rahul Yadav was shot in the incident, but is anyone aware. Did the government help him,” Som told reporters as the victim Ikhlaq’s family met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Sunday.

The UP lawmaker’s remarks came even as BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the incident should not be given communal colour or politicised. Som questioned why the state government had allowed AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi to visit the village and spread “communal frenzy”.

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